Elon Musks’ SpaceX Starlink Internet Is Ready for Beta Testing

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Sure, we love having infinite pieces of information at our fingertips and yes, it’s nice to have a GPS to lead us almost anywhere we want to go, but we have numerous problems with our existing internet, do we need another one? Apparently so. Maybe this one will be better?

After the most recent launch, SpaceX’s 540 Starlink internet satellites are in place and ready for beta testers to try on for size, a new internet!

Starlink low-earth orbit (LEO) internet services. Has a nice ring to it.

Although 540 satellites may seem like a large number, SpaceX founder Elon Musk states it will take 800 to have “moderate coverage” worldwide. But even that is tiny in comparison to the 12,000 initial Starlink mega-constellation, or the 30,000 satellites SpaceX recently applied to the FCC to launch in the future.

The current number however, means it’s available and SpaceX is inviting users to become beta testers. Curious how you can apply? Starlink’s website allows prospective customers to register with their email and zip code, which will include you in the list to receive updates on public beta test of the Starklink service.

According to the email received after registration (yes, of course we registered), private beta testing won’t begin until later this summer and public beta testing will begin in areas with higher latitudes. Regardless, if you provide your email address you will be notified when “opportunities become available in your area.”

ZDnet tells us, “If you’re accepted for the beta, you can expect to get a user terminal with a flat disc antenna, which measures 0.48 meters in diameter. Musk describes these as looking like a “little UFO on a stick.” Your terminal’s antennas will self-direct itself for the best satellite signals.”

The question you’ve all been waiting for, and what really matters… How fast will this internet be? Starlink will offer speeds up to one gigabit per second at latencies from 25 milliseconds to 35 milliseconds. Musk tweeted that initially we can expect “around 20ms. It’s designed to run real-time, competitive video games. Version 2, which is at lower altitude could be as low as 8ms latency.”

Another important question, how much will this brand-new, super-cool internet cost us? $80 per month and won’t be available globally at first (but U.S and Canada get first dibs).

High speed internet access across the globe by 2021 has finally become a tangible reality.

The only downside? Starlink isn’t looking to compete with local ISPs, so changes are if you already get 100Mbps, you may not be eligible (but that’s just speculation).

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-Emmy Seigler

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/spacex-starlink-internet-prepares-for-beta-users/?ftag=TRE-03-10aaa6b&bhid=28837826891618282212917048574090&mid=12880624&cid=2176732464

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